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College of Arts & Sciences
Jewish Studies Program

2003 Solomon-Tenenbaum Lectureship

Solomon-Tenenbaum Lecture 2003

Guest Lecturer

Thomas L. Friedman

Foreign Affairs Columnist for the New York Times


September 30
"The Middle East: An Update on Changing Events" 
8 p.m. 
Koger Center for the Arts

3 p.m. 

Moderated by: Dean Charles Bierbauer
Panelists: Mr. Friedman, Dr. Moss Blachman, Dr. Jan Love, 
Dr. Donald Puchala, Brad Warthen, and a student representative to be selected

Thomas L. Friedman, a world-renowned author and journalist, joined The New York Times in 1981 as a financial reporter specializing in OPEC- and oil-related news. He served as The New York TimesBureau chief in Beirut from 1982 to 1984, when he was transferred to Jerusalem as the Israel Bureau Chief until 1988. Mr. Friedman was given the assignment of the Times' Chief Diplomatic Correspondent in 1989. He was made Chief White House correspondent in 1992.

He was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship to write a book on his reflections on the Middle East and in 1989 published From Beirut to Jerusalem, which was on The New York Timesbest-seller list for nearly 12 months, and won numerous journalism awards.

Friedman also wrote The Lexus and the Olive Tree (FSG, 1999), one of the best selling business books in 1999, and the winner of the 2000 Overseas Press Club Award for best nonfiction book on foreign policy. His book, Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11, issued by FSG in 2002, consists of columns Friedman published about September 11 as well as a diary of his private experiences and reflections during his reporting on the post-September world as he traveled from Afghanistan to Israel to Europe to Indonesia to Saudi Arabia.

In 1988 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting (from Israel); in 1993, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting (from Lebanon); in 2002, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.